Sanctuary Community Garden
~~The Sanctuary Community Garden was opened in July 2013 with the goals of improving food security, demonstrating environmental stewardship and building community in the racially and ethnically diverse Rockwood neighborhood of Gresham, Oregon. The garden is intended to serve primarily low income families who live in nearby apartments and lack access to gardening space. Part of the impetus for this project comes from a grassroots community food assessment in Rockwood. This neighborhood has limited access to high quality, nutrient dense food and corner stores with packaged unhealthy food dot the neighborhood. Residents have to travel outside of Rockwood to sometimes multiple stores to get the food they need. In fall 2012, a team of eight Rockwood residents conducted 235 surveys in the neighborhood which inquired how people felt about their access to healthy food, school lunch programs, cooking food from scratch, growing their own food and other related topics. Community gardens were one of the top three food assets that those surveyed wanted more of in Rockwood. Organizations such as Rockwood Community Food Justice have a strong interest in helping neighbors grow their own food and educating others about gardening and its benefits to health and to the community. The garden is located at the Anawim Christian Community which owns three acres next to Davis Elementary School (94.4 percent of students eligible for free and reduced school lunches) on the south and the major thoroughfare of Glisan Street on the north. Anawim has long provided garden space for the homeless they work with and felt the community garden would help in building relationships among people with and without housing. The garden was developed with a cash budget of only $3,000 and a lot donated materials and volunteer labor that included Anawim members.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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